Sharon Pretti is a recipient of a Touchstone Award for Individual Poems for 2017 for her poem
as if they know
they won’t last
It first appeared in Frogpond 40.2.
Commentary from the Panel:
“This haiku intimately brings to mind the brilliant orange of the poppy, blooming in either the desert, along a freeway, in a green meadow, or our own backyards. With or without rain, it shines brightly and waves like a flag, reminding us of the earth’s beauty and transience. Its short-lived nature, and the way it closes tightly in a bud each evening, is the perfect haiku moment to remind us of our own short time on this planet.”
“A haiku that pinches. A sad reminder that we know and they don’t.”
See the complete list of past winners of both Individual Poem Awards and Distinguished Books Awards in the Touchstone Archives.